Yimi Garcia goes on disabled list, Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen.

Yimi Garcia

Yimi Garcia has allowed nine hits and three runs in 8 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

DENVER — Yimi Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday after the pitcher was forced to leave the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss Friday with a sore right biceps muscle. Zach Lee will replace him in the bullpen, an unconventional move if only because Lee has pitched four times out of the bullpen in 129 professional games.

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Game 17: Zach Lee is coming, Yimi Garcia is hurt, Yasiel Puig is ridiculous and the Dodgers lose.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig catches D.J. LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly just outside the foul chalk line in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. (Getty Images)

DENVER — What do you take from tonight?

That the Dodgers lost, that Yasiel Puig made one ridiculous throw but couldn’t make two, that Yimi Garcia was hurt, that Scott Kazmir was hurt? I covered all of this in my game story tonight; the box score is here.

The injuries are hard to dismiss. Zach Lee was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday for Triple-A Oklahoma City and will fly from Iowa to Denver.

Yasmani Grandal entered the weekend on a hot streak that somewhat ironically might be stalled at Coors Field.

Oklahoma City Dodgers announce their starting rotation.

Today was the first day of workouts in Oklahoma City for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. The OKC Dodgers are expected to release a formal roster tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have a starting rotation: Zach Lee, Jharel Cotton, Jeremy Kehrt, Carlos Frias and Julio Urias.

Via The Oklahoman’s website, here’s why Lee is pitching on Opening Day on Thursday:

Lee, 24, was OKC’s rotation anchor last season, going 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 starts.
He battled to the final week for a spot in the major league rotation, but ultimately lost out to rookie Ross Stripling.

His work and schedule made him the choice for Thursday.
“It’s just coming out of spring training it’s the way they have him lined up,” [manager Bill] Haselman said. “I don’t think it was a decision over anybody in particular. It’s just a process of what falls into place.”

The Dodgers are creatively staggering the ‘innings clocks’ among their young pitchers.

Julio Urias

Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias, center, could see his innings clock expire before a September call-up is possible. (Getty Images)

Along with today’s announcement that Ross Stripling is the Dodgers’ fifth starter came a bit of insight into the team’s strategy for monitoring starting pitcher workloads.

Stripling threw 71 ⅓ innings last season after his June return from Tommy John rehab. He’s on an innings limit this year that the team isn’t willing to disclose; Stripling guessed it would fall somewhere in the 100 to 150-inning range.

Regardless, the decision to start Stripling’s “innings clock” right away has consequences for the other starting pitchers on the organizational depth chart.

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Ross Stripling is the Dodgers’ fifth starter.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named Ross Stripling his fifth starter on Friday, saying the rookie right-hander will start April 8 in San Francisco and remain in the rotation “in the near term.”

Stripling, who has never pitched a game above Double-A in his life, beat out two pitchers with major league experience: Carlos Frias and Zach Lee. Frias was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’ll be joined by Lee.

Lee is at Dodger Stadium. He will pitch in relief of Alex Wood on Saturday in Anaheim before returning to the minors.
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